Rep. Tom Graves is Giving the Establishment a Headache

For decades, the Washington Establishment has focused on empowering the Bigs – Big Government, Big Labor, Big Business, Big Media, Big University, Big Wall Street, etc – at the expense of individuals.  Last year, the individuals sought to turn the tables on the Bigs by electing folks who would push back, aggressively, against the corrupt nexus that is fostered by Big Government.

Yesterday, POLITICO profiled one of those newcomers in a piece with a sensational headline: Tom Graves: A rising House star or a big headache?

If you talk to conservatives around Washington and around the country, it becomes clear that Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) is definitely a rising star.  And if you’re part of the Washington Establishment, he is most certainly going to give you a headache – and that is a very good thing.

From POLITICO:

The Capitol Hill newcomer has voted against nearly every major government funding measure put forward by the House leadership this year and unapologetically advocated the Republican Study Committee line, even when it contradicted the efforts of Boehner and the leadership — a position that caused Graves to part ways with the GOP whip team earlier this year.

An earlier report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution was similar in theme and noted the friendly conservative confines of Georgia’s ninth district:

His crimson red constituency is reflected in his votes. 

Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the powerful conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, gives Graves a 97 percent voting record score — tying him for second-most Heritage-friendly House member.

Earlier today, Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham praised Congressman Graves’ principled voting record on Gainsville’s WDUN 550 AM. (Listen to the interview)

When asked by Politico about his voting habits, Congressman Graves was straightforward:

I make decisions as if I’m not coming back.  I’m casting votes in the purest form I can with no assumptions of gaming out the political future, and I think as more members make more decisions like that, we will drive towards better policies.

That is exactly what the American people want to hear!  Unfortunately, it is unwelcomed by too many in the Washington Establishment, which exerts tremendous pressure on conservatives in Washington.  Again, from POLITICO:

The Republican Steering Committee, which decides committee appointments, met last week and considered whether to retaliate against Graves and others who oppose the leadership. The decision was made not to do so, said multiple sources, but there will be quieter, more subtle forms of pressure exerted. Graves is not likely to be part of any congressional overseas trips anytime soon.

Needham and Heritage Action’s COO Tim Chapman detail the stakes in their RealClearPolitics OpEd earlier this week:

The central question of this defining period of time in which we live: Will the Tea Party, with all its iconoclastic energy and goals, succeed in defeating the Establishment? For the country’s sake, let’s hope the answer is yes.

If folks like Congressman Tom Graves get their way, the answer will definitely be yes.

Related Links:
Heritage Action’s Scorecard: Rep. Tom Graves
AJC:  Graves Eyes Upper Rungs of Conservative Ladder

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23 thoughts on “Rep. Tom Graves is Giving the Establishment a Headache

  1. Please pay attentition my Texas Reps. we as VOTERS are taking a CLOSER LOOK on how each of you are voting on the issues and you MAY NOT BE HAPPY when its your turn to run for RE-ELECTION.

  2. We need more, a LOT more men like Tom Graves! And the Republican Party needs as a whole to shift its thinking. The Graves of the world are not the enemy of the Republican Party. Too often, the Republican leadership is the enemy.

  3. Thank you Rep Graves and we have your back. We are awake and paying attention to
    how our Reps are voting. See you on Re-Election Day!

  4. People like Rep. Graves are the people we sent to D.C. to clean up the established professional politicians that seem to be more of the same instead of what we need to clean up the mess over the last 40 years.

    SILENT NO MORE!

  5. Congressional Reps and Senators from California, you should get to know Congressman Tom Graves from Georgia and “hang”with him for awhile. Learn from him how to vote for bills like your constituents want you to. That’s why you were sent to Congress. You cross us too many times, one day you’ll walk into your Congressional office and find it’s been taken!! You are to fulfill the agenda of “We the People’s”, not your own. I hope my point has been taken!!
    P.S. Kudos to Congressman Tom Graves for doing his job exceptionally well.

  6. Mr Graves makes me proud to say I’m from Georgia, just as much as being a Southerner and what most of the country calls us (Rednecks). Now if we can just get the rest of these Knuckle-Heads from Georgia to follow suit of Mr Graves we would have a good start. But when you cantact Mr Kingston, Mr. Chambliss, or Mr Isakson all you get a lip service form letter saying they will keep your concerns in mind…….YEA RIGHT! Time for Term Limits NOW!!! Now more than ever!!!!!!!!

  7. I pray Rep Graves is rubbing off on our Tennessee Reps to do what is best for all Americans not just what is politically expedient!

  8. Thank-you Representative Graves for not being intimidated by the “Washington Machine” and for voting your conscience.

  9. Thanks Congressman Graves for voting 100% on the latest Freedom Index published in The John Birch Society’s magazine (The New American).

    My late friend Congressman Larry McDonald would be proud of you.

  10. This update about Congressman Graves is the best news I’ve heard in many days. Thank you Congressman. I’m working hard right here in Michigan to accomplish the mission as the 2012 election for US Senator approaches. We can leave nothing to chance. The establishment is the establishment no matter what letter comes after your name.

  11. Thanks Tom! Stir up the shit as much as you can so it stinks till the tax payer can no longer stand it!
    Hows about a way to prosecute all those crooks, any ideas?

    P Bear

  12. I want Congress to “FIGHT FOR GOD” . To me this is the most important issue. One vote for God if a vote for the healing of all of the problems in American. Including those problems in our political leaders. Until we do so, this country will continue to spirial out of control.
    My dear friends and family members:

    I think that most of us know and believe that, not only was our great country founded by Godly men and women, but each of the 50 states, as they obtained statehood created a State Preamble. Each was written recognizing God in some way, either by asking for His guidance, expressing gratefulness for His blessings, or thanking Him for our religious liberties. If you look at all of the following states’ preambles, you will notice that God in recognized in every one of them. I believe the basic foundation of a state and national preamble is that as so stated in the preamble for the state of Pennsylvania , which reads as such;

    “We the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance.”

    Your God fearing and Patriot Friend
    Jim Neumann

    Do you know your State’s Preamble?

    Be sure to read the message in read at the very bottom of this me

    Do you know your State’s Preamble?

    Be sure to read the message in blue at the very bottom of this email.

    Alabama 1901, Preamble
    We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..
    Alaska 1956, Preamble
    We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
    Arizona 1911, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…
    Arkansas 1874, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…
    California 1879, Preamble
    We, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…
    Colorado 1876, Preamble
    We, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe…
    Connecticut 1818, Preamble.
    The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
    Delaware 1897, Preamble
    Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.
    Florida 1885, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution…
    Georgia 1777, Preamble
    We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…
    Hawaii 1959, Preamble
    We, the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance … Establish this Constitution.
    Idaho 1889, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.
    Illinois 1870, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
    Indiana 1851, Preamble
    We, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
    Iowa 1857, Preamble
    We, the People of the State of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
    Kansas 1859, Preamble
    We, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
    Kentucky 1891, Preamble
    We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..
    Louisiana 1921, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
    Maine 1820, Preamble
    We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity … And imploring His aid and direction.
    Maryland 1776, Preamble
    We, the people of the state of Maryland , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…
    Massachusetts 1780, Preamble
    We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction
    Michigan 1908, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.
    Minnesota, 1857, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Minnesota , grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
    Mississippi 1890, Preamble
    We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
    Missouri 1845, Preamble
    We, the people of Missouri , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness – Establish this Constitution…
    Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution..
    Nebraska 1875, Preamble
    We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. Establish this Constitution.
    Nevada 1864, Preamble
    We the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution…
    New Hampshire 1792, Part I.. Art. I. Sec. V
    Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
    New Jersey 1844, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
    New Mexico 1911, Preamble
    We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..
    New York 1846, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of New York , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
    North Carolina 1868, Preamble
    We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those…
    North Dakota 1889, Preamble
    We, the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…
    Ohio 1852, Preamble
    We the people of the state of Ohio , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.
    Oklahoma 1907, Preamble
    Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this
    Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2.
    All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences
    Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble
    We, the people of Pennsylvania , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance…
    Rhode Island 1842, Preamble.
    We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing….
    South Carolina, 1778, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
    South Dakota 1889, Preamble
    We, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties.
    Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III.
    That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…
    Texas 1845, Preamble
    We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
    Utah 1896, Preamble
    Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
    Vermont 1777, Preamble
    Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man.
    Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI
    Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
    Washington 1889, Preamble
    We the People of the State of Washington , grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
    West Virginia 1872, Preamble
    Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ….
    Wisconsin 1848, Preamble
    We, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility….
    Wyoming 1890, Preamble
    We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution…

    After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU, the out-of-control federal courts, and may of our elected political representatives are wrong!

    If you found this to be ‘Food for thought’ send to as many as you think will be enlightened as I hope you were.

    Please note that at no time is anyone told that they must worship God.

    Let us bring God back into America
    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OPEN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO EVICT YOU FROM THE LAND THAT YOU GAVE US TO UNDERSTAND YOUR WORDS BELOW AS TAKEN FROM THE BIBLE.
    “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
    II Chronicles 7:14

  13. It’s about time someone with common sense does something in Washington, it’s too bad the rest of them don’t give a hoot about the people that sent them there. It seems that all the rest back there only want to collect their pay check and retirement which they keep voting for more.

  14. Be careful, the “Repulsivan” Party is the only way we can take out Obama, our MAIN goal right now. We conservatives have been marginalized for years, great strides are being made, but the left is working hard to split our party BEFORE the election….let’s be smart and patient and do it AFTER the election that we win.

  15. I think it is time for suckasscongress to start working for american citizens,instead of big business and foreigners such as illegal mexican trash.

  16. Yeah for Rep. Graves. We thank you and hope you will stay on course. For the rest of you Reps who may choose to retaliate . . . many of us – more than you think – are watching very closely. Closely indeed. Suzanne

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